In an effort to curb drug dependency among drug-dependent individuals, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. will bring “a new face” to the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.
“The campaign against illegal drugs continues – but it has taken a new face. It is now geared towards community-based treatment, rehabilitation, education, and reintegration to curb drug dependence among our affected citizenry,” President Marcos said.
The President made the remarks during his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday afternoon at the Batasang Pambansa.
As part of the campaign against illegal drugs, President Marcos noted that the government launched the “Bahay Ingatan, Droga’y Ayawan, or BIDA Program last year and established an additional 102 Balay Silangan Reformation Centers nationwide.
The President also warned erring law enforcers that he will not hesitate to remove them from office if they will get involved in illegal drugs.
“We will relentlessly continue our fight against drug syndicates, shutting down their illegal activities – we will shut down their activities and dismantle their network operations. Unscrupulous law enforcers and others involved in the highly nefarious drug trade have been exposed,” President Marcos said.
“I will be accepting their resignations. In their stead, we will install individuals with unquestionable integrity, and who will be effective and trustworthy in handling the task of eliminating this dreaded and corrosive social curse,” he added.
The chief executive emphasized that his administration “cannot tolerate corruption or incompetence,” adding that the Philippines and the Filipino people have now progressed towards peace and development. PND